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29/11/2017

HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and HH Prince Moulay Ismail, and in the presence of vice-president of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire Daniel Kablan Duncan, inaugurated, Monday in Abidjan, the "Mohammed VI Vocational Training Multi-Sectoral Centre" of Yopougon and launched the construction works of a boarding school inside it.

Worth 70 million dirhams, this centre shows HM the King's special interest in youth and in training the human element, the cornerstone of any development project, as well as his will to back the sister nation of Côte d'Ivoire in its development momentum by reinforcing youth employment and socio-professional integration.

The project, whose building works were launched by the sovereign in June 2015, seeks to equip the sectors of building and civil engineering and tourism, as well as the hotel and catering industry, with qualified human resources.

Built over a surface area of 3 hectares, the new centre offers trainings in 12 industries related to the building and civil engineering sector and 9 related to the tourism sector. It will receive up to 1,000 trainees yearly.

The Mohammed VI Vocational Training Multi-Sectoral Centre" of Yopougon houses a "hotel, tourism and catering" department including a reception area, a pedagogical hall, a pedagogical restaurant, a pedagogical kitchen, workshops for pastry, baking and chocolate-making, a pedagogical hotel, classrooms and computer rooms.

It comprises also a "building and civil engineering" department hosting workshops on plumbing, electricity, painting, wood and aluminium carpentry, masonry, tiling, plastering, as well as a civil engineering laboratory, classrooms and drawing rooms.

The new facility is the fruit of a partnership between the Ivorian ministry of national education, technical education and vocational training, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable development and the Office of vocational training and labour promotion (OFPPT) which ensures technical assistance, training engineering and trainers' training.

The centre's boarding school, whose building works were launched today by the monarch, will help interns continue their training in the best conditions.

Totalling 22 million dirhams, the future boarding school will include notably 30 four-bed rooms, two single rooms for people with reduced mobility, four single rooms for supervisors, a 120-place canteen, a kitchen, a laundry and a home for students.

The projects, inaugurated and launched by HM the King, reflect a perfect south-south cooperation and mirror Morocco's unwavering will to support Côte d'Ivoire's economic and social development, and its strong commitment to diversify cooperation areas and share its expertise.    

At his arrival at the Mohammed VI Vocational Training Multi-Sectoral Centre of Yopougon, HM the King was greeted mainly by Ivorian prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivorian minister of national education, technical education and vocational training Kandia Kamissoko Camara, and Ivorian tourism minister Siandou Fofana.